Ysgol Bae Baglan

Port Talbot, United Kingdom
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Key facts & Challenges

  • Sector: Education
  • Client: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
  • Architect: Stride Treglown
  • Contractor: Bouygues UK
  • Subcontractor: Richard Kemble Contracts

Ysgol Bae Baglan is a landmark project for the Welsh education sector. The single biggest investment in schooling infrastructure in Neath Port Talbot's history, the £40 million project has created a new 'through school' - a unique education model providing seamless schooling from ages three to 16.  It combines four existing schools - three secondary, one primary to house up to 1,500 pupils.

Working closely with the main contractor, Bouygues UK, drylining contractor Richard Kemble Contracts, and the project architect, Stride Treglown, Siniat developed a bespoke, high performance drylining system that would meet the school's unique needs and provide the best technical solutions for the build, along with supplying Weather Defence for the external sheathing.

Installation Phase

In addition to replacing four existing schools, Ysgol Bae Baglan will be an important community asset and will need to cope with extremely high levels of traffic. With this in mind, Stride Treglown designed a double height lobby and atrium areas the help manage the flow of people through the facility while still creating an open, inviting environment. In some cases, these areas are over 8 metres high. Standard gauge studs couldn't safely span this height and provide the stability needed for partition framing systems. The solution came in the form of Siniat metal stud partition system featuring 124mm wide, 1.2mm gauge C studs.

Siniat and Ysgol Bae Baglan School Construction Project
8.8 metres

The structural studs specified can provide support for partitions up to 8.8 metres high

Curved Walls

Siniat Flex Track allowed easy construction of curved walls

Siniat Ysgol Bae Baglan School Construction in progress

"We installed Siniat's metal furring suspended ceiling system in the classrooms, using Pregybel - a perforated plasterboard that reduces reverberant noise and echo by absorbing sound waves. The acoustics in the classroom spaces are now much better then you'd find with a traditional plasterboard suspended ceiling system."

Mathew KembleRichard Kemble Contracts


Local Impact

"Children need to be able to hear clearly from all parts of a room to aid the teaching process. This was particularly important when designing Ysgol Bae Baglan's classrooms, as the school will also have a high number of pupils with special educational needs."

Phil Grant
Stride Treglown Architects

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